Poof! “The Magician” has disappeared from today’s UFC Fight Night card in Belém, Brazil, but through no fault of his own.
Albuquerquean John Dodson’s scheduled fight against Brazilian Pedro Munhoz has been scrubbed after Munhoz weighed in Friday at 140 pounds, five pounds over the bantamweight limit.
Dodson could have accepted the fight under those circumstances but decided otherwise.
“I made all the sacrifices and did my job to make weight,” Dodson told MMA Weekly. “(Munhoz) chose not to.”
Dodson, nicknamed “The Magician” for his speed and elusiveness in the cage, weighed in at 135 pounds.
Tim Means (27-9-1), Dodson’s fellow New Mexican, weighed in at 171 pounds — an allowable one pound over the welterweight limit, for his fight against Brazil’s Sergio Moraes. Moraes (12-3-1) also weighed 171.
The Means-Moraes fight will be telecast on Fox Sports 2 on a segment scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
In explaining his decision not to take the fight against an overweight opponent, Dodson told MMA Weekly that he had done so before with unsatisfactory results.
In October 2016, Dodson agreed to fight John Lineker despite Lineker having come in overweight. Dodson lost by disputed split decision.
“I wasn’t rolling the dice on that for a second time,” he said.
Later Friday, MMA Junkie reported that the UFC has declined to pay Dodson his contracted “show money” for the fight — presumably because he could have accepted the fight and chose not to. Still later, the UFC said Dodson would receive part of his purse but not the whole amount.
JOBY’S BACK: Albuquerque’s Joby Sanchez is scheduled to begin his second UFC career on Feb. 18 in Austin, Texas.
Sanchez (11-2) originally was signed by the UFC in 2014 after winning his first six pro fights, but was dropped after going 1-2 in UFC competition.
He’s now riding a four-fight win streak, including victories over Manny Vasquez and J.P. Buys on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series — earning a return trip to the UFC.
Sanchez is matched against Houston’s Roberto Sanchez (7-1).
ROUTE TO GLORY: Tickets, scaled from $35 to $100, are available for the March 17 Legacy Promotions pro boxing card at Route 66 Casino Hotel.
The main event matches Albuquerque welterweight Josh Gomez (16-6, eight knockouts) against Moris Rodriguez (7-10, four KOs) of Sacramento, Calif.
The scheduled nine-bout card also features the pro debut of Albuquerque’s Aaron Perez, one of the state’s best amateur boxers of recent years. Perez is matched against fellow Albuquerquean Levi Lucero, who also is making his pro debut.
Tickets are available at holdmyticket.com.